Hagan resigns as Times editor
February 3, 2004
Mike Hagan, editor in chief of The Aspen Times for 16 months, resigned last night.
The reason given for the resignation was “personal reasons.”
Both Hagan and Publisher Jenna Weatherred declined to elaborate further when pressed for details.
Hagan first joined the Times in 1996 as the night editor. He was promoted to managing editor in 1998, a position he held for more than four years. He was named editor in chief in September 2002.
His accomplishments as editor in chief include a major redesign of the A section that has made the paper more accessible and easier to read. He also revamped the opinion section, adding the Daily Comment feature and popular columnists Alison Berkley and Roger Marolt.
Last month, The Aspen Times editorial department was notified that it had received 26 awards in the Colorado Press Association’s annual statewide journalism contest. The awards will be presented to the paper at the state convention later this month.
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Scott Condon, a 17-year employee of The Aspen Times, said, “Mike really loved the paper, and I think he put a lot of effort into it and did his best to maintain and improve the quality.”
“Mike’s a wonderful guy and a quality journalist,” said Andy Stone, editorial director of Colorado Mountain News Media, the company that owns the paper. “We think he has a successful career ahead of him.”
No new editor has been named. Associate editors Allyn Harvey and Bob Ward will fill in while a decision is made about his replacement.